Sunday, November 21, 2010

Praying for the Salvation of our Families

I watched a teaching by Benny Hinn the other day that told how to pray for the salvation of our loved ones and families.  I am just giving the scriptures that he gave.  These are great promises to lean on.

The following are scriptures we can claim when praying for our loved ones.

Isaiah 49:25   But thus says the Lord:  “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children.”

Isaiah 54:13  All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.

Isaiah 59:21  “As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them:  My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”

Psalm 72:4  He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.

Psalm 90:16  Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children.

Psalm 102:28  The children of Your servants will continue, and their descendants will be established before You.

Psalm 112:1-2  1 Praise the Lord!  Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments.  2 His descendants will be might on the earth:  The generation of the upright will be blessed.

Psalm 115:14  May the Lord give you increase more and more,  you and your children.

Psalm 127:3-5  3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.  4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.  5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Acts 2:39  “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Acts 16:30-31  30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

God Pours Out His Spirit and His Mercy

I was just talking to my sister, Marilyn, last night about the scripture in the Bible that says that God will pour out His Spirit in the last days.  It is in Joel 2:28-32 and again in Acts 2:17-21.  In Acts Peter is quoting Joel to give a reason for the ability given to the apostles to speak in other languages and be understood.  Peter then goes on to explain that Jesus was prophesied by David as the Christ.  So in verse 36 Peter says "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."  What happened next is wonderful and amazing to me.

Acts 37-41
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?"
38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 "For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call."
40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation."
41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

There were the people that had demanded that Jesus be Crucified.  Many had certainly heard Jesus teach.  And yet they did not understand until Peter preached after Pentecost.  God is so merciful to us that we don't understand Him.  We cannot understand having mercy after such a terrible thing happens.  But God opened the hearts of those people that day to repent and receive Jesus as their savior and He continues to call people all around the world.  He does not wish that any should parish.  He wants all to be saved.  This is more beautiful than I can comprehend.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thinking Good Thoughts

We were at the ladies retreat this summer.  My two friends are Jeanine and Lisa.  We had so much fun and it was great for us to get together and learn more about God and each other.  The memories of that weekend are great.  I am counting my blessings more and more and it is so amazing that I used to think that I didn't have any friends and was depressed all of the time.  Through God's Word I have learned that I am being blessed all of the time if I will only see what is really happening around me.  My thinking was wrong.  But I am learning that I must always believe in the love of God and know that He does wish the best for all of His children.  I love 2Corinthians 10:5  Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.  And 1Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.  But the one I should always remember is the one I forget most often.  It is Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.   These help me to think on the good that God is always doing and not dwell on the fears and problems of daily life.  And I am so thankful for my friends at my church and all around me.  I am very thankful to God for the ability to meet people through blogging.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

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